Thoughts on National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month. To help celebrate we created a video we thought was flat out FUN, showing families formed through adoption getting their groove on. We released it a little over a week ago, and the negative comments about international adoption started shortly after. Obviously a lot of people have very different ideas on what exactly National Adoption Month (NAM) stands for, and many feel that only domestic adoption should be included.
NAM began when President Ford first declared a national adoption week to help promote adoption from the U.S. foster care system. In 1990, it was expanded to an entire month since so many states were participating and so many events were scheduled. For over 20 years now we have had this wonderful month to celebrate and promote adoption, and of course the U.S. foster care system has always been in the spotlight, which is a wonderful focus that I fully support. But I thought that NAM was also a month to celebrate ALL children whose lives are impacted through adoption. Those of us who are adoptive parents ourselves know that many of our children face continual questions and comments about how they joined our families, and National Adoption Month is a wonderful time to help educate our communities about important adoption issues.
No baby born has a say into which country they enter the world. I believe so strongly that every child on this earth is innocent. They didn’t get to choose whether they were orphaned or placed into foster care, but all of them deserve to be loved and have a family of their own. I am one of those sentimental fools who celebrates each time I hear that a child has found a permanent home. One of my friends works for our state’s organization helping children, and it makes me happy each and every time I hear that a child from our Oklahoma foster care system has been chosen. Or when I hear that a friend is bringing home three older siblings from Liberia, I celebrate that the children can remain united and have a permanent family. And of course every time a child from one of our programs is chosen for adoption, it is such an enormous joy as I know the struggles orphaned children with special needs face in China. To me, it is always a joy when a child who has been all alone in the world has a family step forward to say, “WELCOME HOME.”
~Amy Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer
What do you all think? Is National Adoption Month for all adopted children? Or did we cross the line by promoting international adoption as well?